Japanese Watercolor Artists

Japanese Watercolor Artists

    Keiko is a popular Japanese watercolor artists and does workshops internationally. She is a founding member of International Watercolors.




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                                                  Japanese Watercolor Artists


                                                    Japanese Watercolor Artists


Japanese Watercolor Artists                      



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Award-winning Landscape Watercolor Artist

San Diego Watercolor Artists

Keiko Tanabe is an award-winning watercolor artist.  Her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across North America and in Asia and Europe.  Her work has been purchased by private collectors from all around the world.

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan.  As a child growing up in an art-loving family, she always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children's art contests.  However, art was not her chosen field of study later on.  She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California).  She then worked in international relations positions in a Japanese government trade organization in Tokyo, at a large law firm in San Francisco and at a private consulting firm in San Diego.  In the last 25 years, she has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America.

Through all these years, Keiko knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist.  That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003.  After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she took on her first project as an artist together with her father, a renowned scholar of French literature in Japan.  Through the Azure Sea and Sky of Provence: A Tribute to Her Joie de Vivre (Kosei Publishing, Osaka, Japan) was published in August, 2003, authored by her father and illustrated by Keiko.  From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language.

Keiko embarked on a professional art career in 2005 and started exhibiting publicly.  She also discovered the joy of plein-air painting in a workshop with Alvaro Castagnet in April that year.  Keiko was selected to be a featured artist of ArtWalk 2008.  In the summer of 2009, she was chosen to participate in the 4θme Biennale de l'Aquarelle in Brioude, France as the first exhibitor from the United States.  Keiko lives in San Diego, California with her son.

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demonstration  (Brioude, France)           plein-air painting (San Diego, California)



- National Watercolor Society, signature member 

- American Watercolor Society 



- Artists Raise $30,000 Online for Japanese Tsunami Survivors (by Byron Kerman), Professional Artist, Volume 25, Number 6  (July/August, 2011).

- Keiko Tanabe, San Diego Talent Magazine, Issue 4 (May, 2011). 

- The Way of the World (by Ann Emmert Abbott), Watercolor Artist, F+W Media, Inc. (December, 2010). 

- Minimal Means, Maximum Impact (by John A. Parks), American Artist/Watercolor, Interweave Press  (Summer, 2009)

- Splash 11: New Directions, North Light Books (June, 2010).

- Splash 10: Passionate Brushstrokes, North Light Books (May, 2008).

- Del Mar Times Arts & Culture, Del Mar Times (May 16, 2008)

- Prism, San Diego Watercolor Society (March, 2008)



- Keiko Tanabe Interview, Art of Watercolors - Sterkhov K. (February 7, 2011)

- Keiko Tanabe Scheduled Workshops, Watercolors Painting (February 5, 2011) 

- Daily Paintworks Interview, Artists Discuss (Sep-Dec., 2010)

- Keiko Tanabe, Informed Collector, FineArtStudioOnline (January 28, 2010) 

Keiko Tanabe {Art} (by Janelle Steinberg), {Maison Classique}, J. Steinberg Design (November 19, 2009)

Fine Art Views Daily Newsletter, FineArtStudioOnline (November 5, 2008; Issue #266)

- artcollector, FineArtStudioOnline (October 3, 2008)

- Keiko Tanabe, Informed Collector, FineArtStudioOnline (May 7, 2008) 



- Joan Roche Memorial Award (2011) – 2011 Signature American Watercolor Exhibition

- Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award (2010) – National Watercolor Society 90th Annual Exhibition 

- Edward & Gail Rogers Award (2010) – San Diego Watercolor Society 30th International Exhibition 

- Finalist (2010) – 27th Annual Art Competition, The Artist's Magazine 

- First Place (2010) – Il Encuentro de Acuarelistas Hispanoamericanos, Guayaquil, Ecuador

- First Place (2010) – Spa Velia Art Gallery First Juried Art Exhibition 

- Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor (2010) – May 2010 FineArtViews BoldBrush Painting Competition 

- Third Place (2010) – April 2010 FineArtViews BoldBrush Painting Competition 

- Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor (2010) – March 2010 FineArtViews Painting Competition 

- Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor (2010) – December 2009 FineArtViews Painting Competition

- David Gale Memorial award (Second Place) and People's Choice Award (2009) – Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Annual Exhibition  

- Da Vinci Paint Award (2009); Atlanta Artists Center Award (2008); Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor Award (2006) – Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition 

- Polly Howerton Transparent Watercolor Award (2009) – Texas Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

- Best of Show (2008, 2007, 2006); Best Theme Painting Award (2008); Best of Miniatures (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005) –  San Diego Watercolor Society Juried Member Exhibit  

- Sam Black Award for Excellence in Transparent Watercolour (2008) – Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Open Juried Art Exhibition

- First Place in the watercolor category (2008) – Affaire in the Gardens Art Show, Beverly Hills, California

- Third Place, Travel Show Award (2008); Winsor & Newton Award, Artist & Craftsman Supply Co. Award, Travel Show Award (2006) – Kentucky Watercolor Society National Aqueous USA

- North Light Books Award (2008); Cheap Joe's Art Stuff Award (2007) – Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open Annual International Exhibition

- Honorable Mention (2008) – Louisiana Watercolor Society 38th International Exhibition

- Merit Award (2008) – Society of Watercolor Artists 27th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

- Merit Award (2008) – Watercolor Art Society - Houston 31st Annual International Exhibition

- Second Place (2007) – The Richeson 75: Landscape & Exteriors Competition

- Third Place (2007); Honorable Mention (2005) – Wyoming Watercolor Society Annual National Exhibition

- Jack Richeson & Co., Inc. Award (2007) – Red River Watercolor Society National Watermedia Exhibition

- Grand Prize (2005); Honorable Mention (2006) – Learning & Product Expo Juried Art Show

- Third Place and Vernon Council of the Arts Award (2006) – Red River Valley Museum National Juried Art Exhibition

- Robert Reynolds Founder’s Award (2006) – Central Coast Watercolor Society Aquarius Pacific Regional Exhibition

- First Place (2007); Second Place (2006, 2005); Honorable Mention (2008) – San Diego County Fair Art Show

- First Place (2007) – La Jolla Art Association Open Juried Exhibition of Plein-Air Artwork

- Second Place (2007) – Southwestern Artists’ Association Annual Juried Art Show

- Juror’s Commendation (2007) – Brandon Gallery “Small Treasures” Fine Art Show

- Honorable Mention (2007, 2006) – Studio Art & Design Open Juried Watermedia Exhibit

- Third Place (2007, 2006) – The Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery Annual Fine Arts Show

- Honorable Mention (2007) – San Dieguito Art Guild "Small Image: Annual Southern California Art Show"

- First Place (2006) – Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League Annual Open Juried Fine Arts Show

- Certificate of Merit (2007) – La Jolla Art Association's Annual San Diego County Awards Show






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